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Wells perfect in six innings, wins second game for Dodgers

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SAN FRANCISCO -- David Wells had the heavy metal music blaring in the clubhouse Saturday morning and it did the trick to get Luis Gonzalez loose after a tough loss a night earlier.

"It wasn't hip-hop," Gonzalez said. "It was pretty much rock 'n' roll. That's his style."

Back from a seven-game suspension, Wells returned ready to work.

He took a perfect game into the sixth inning and Gonzalez hit a three-run homer in the first, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers past the San Francisco Giants 6-2 on Saturday.

The Dodgers started the day 2 ½ games back of the Padres in the NL West and wild-card races after missing a chance to gain ground Friday. San Diego had a night game at Colorado on Saturday.

"It's nice to go out there and get the win and be a teammate again," Wells said. "I had a lot of time to think and put things in perspective. ... I was going to restaurants, taking it easy, watching games on TV, cruising around."

Kevin Frandsen's one-out single to left in the sixth broke up Boomer's bid. The burly left-hander became the 14th pitcher in major league history to throw a perfect game in the regular season on May 17, 1998, a 4-0 victory over Minnesota while with the New York Yankees.

"Those things are tough," said Wells, who did consider the possibility of pitching another one. "The stars have to be lined up for that to happen."

After Frandsen's base hit, the 44-year-old Wells took a deep breath and wiped his brow. Scott McClain then reached on a fielder's choice in his Giants debut and scored on an error when third baseman Shea Hillenbrand's wild throw hit McClain as he rounded second on Rajai Davis' single. Rookie Nate Schierholtz followed with his second triple in as many days, scoring Davis to make it 3-2.

Pedro Feliz doubled off the wall in center to start the seventh, but Wells retired the next three batters in order and clapped his throwing hand into his glove as he headed back to the dugout.

Wells (7-8), who signed with the Dodgers on Aug. 24 after being designated for assignment by the Padres, won for the second time in as many decisions with his new club. He struck out four and didn't walk a batter in seven innings, allowing four hits and two runs. Manager Grady Little came out of his office to congratulate Wells with a hug and pat on the back afterward.

Frandsen realized he might have a chance at the first hit off Wells.

"You want to break it up and get something going there," he said. "To be able to get a hit off him and get something rolling was huge for the team."

Wells didn't get a decision in his last outing Aug. 31, then began serving his suspension the next day.

Wells was suspended for his animated argument with an umpire who ejected him on July 7 against the Atlanta Braves, a scene that ended with the pitcher hurling a ball into the screen as he left the field. Wells was also fined $3,000. On Aug. 1, commissioner Bud Selig hit Wells with another $5,000 fine for criticizing the original punishment.

Barry Zito (9-12) saw his winless stretch reach four starts, but lost for the first time since Aug. 12 against Pittsburgh. Facing Los Angeles for the third time this season, Zito again fell behind early as he has so many times this season.

He gave up his 23rd-25th runs in the frame on Gonzalez's homer to deep right-center. By comparison, Zito's next-biggest inning has been the third with 15 runs allowed.

Zito allowed four hits and three runs in six innings, struck out five and walked three. Dan Giese relieved Zito in the seventh to make his major league debut, then pitched two perfect innings.

"These young guys are playing with fire," Zito said. "They want to be on the field. They show us what baseball is all about. That's a spark. There's no place for complacency in any locker room."

Gonzalez - who hit his 13th homer of the year and the 25th of his career versus the Giants - came into the game batting .500 (6-for-12) against Zito, who signed to a $126 million, seven-year contract last winter.

Juan Pierre's bunt single in the first gave the Dodgers' center fielder a 10-game hitting streak. He has hit in 25 of his last 26 contests.

Tony Abreu and Ramon Martinez had RBI singles and Rafael Furcal squeezed in a run in the ninth to make it 6-2.

San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds got most of the day off, striking out in the eighth against Jonathan Broxton as a pinch-hitter. Takashi Saito pitched the ninth.

San Francisco snapped an 11-game home losing streak to Los Angeles on Dan Ortmeier's walkoff homer Friday night, and Ortmeier was back in the lineup Saturday.

"We have a rule here: If you have a walkoff homer, you get to play the next day," manager Bruce Bochy said.

Notes

  • Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax pitched his perfect game for the Dodgers almost 42 years earlier on Sept. 9, 1965.
  • Dodgers 1B Nomar Garciaparra was originally going to start Saturday but Little changed his mind to keep James Loney, who hit two home runs on Friday night, in the lineup. Garciaparra came off the DL on Tuesday and made his first start back Friday.
  • Before the game, the Giants honored their lone Cy Young award winner, LHP Mike McCormick, who earned the 1967 NL honor with a 22-10 record and 2.85 ERA.
  • Wells made his 655th career appearance.
  • The Giants drew 42,228 fans for their 39th sellout.
 
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David Wells fans four, has no walks and allows four hits for two runs in seven innings of work. (AP)
David Wells fans four, has no walks and allows four hits for two runs in seven innings of work. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

L. Gonzalez
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Los Angeles

D. Wells
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 2
BB 0
K 4
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS4001010 .270
Juan Pierre, CF5110011 .292
Matt Kemp, RF2100210 .339
Jeff Kent, 2B3010112 .292
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
Luis Gonzalez, LF3113103 .280
    Wilson Valdez, PR0100000 .236
    Andre Ethier, LF0000000 .287
Russell Martin, C4000012 .298
James Loney, 1B4110011 .316
Shea Hillenbrand, 3B3010000 .252
    Tony Abreu, 3B-2B1111000 .295
David Wells, P3000011 .111
    Ramon Martinez, 3B1011000 .192
Totals3367647  
Batting
HR - Luis Gonzalez (13, Zito)
SH - Rafael Furcal (2)
RBI - Rafael Furcal (45), Luis Gonzalez 3 (60), Tony Abreu (10), Ramon Martinez (27)
2-OUT RBI - Luis Gonzalez 3 (25)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Shea Hillenbrand (5, Throwing)
Los Angeles Dodgers
David Wells (W,7-8) 7422040 5.31
Jonathan Broxton (H,29) 1000010 2.33
Takashi Saito 1000100 1.26
Pitches-Strikes - David Wells 75-56, Jonathan Broxton 9-7, Takashi Saito 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Wells 12-5, Jonathan Broxton 2-0, Takashi Saito 1-2
Batters Faced - David Wells 25, Jonathan Broxton 3, Takashi Saito 4
San Francisco Giants
Rajai Davis, CF4110000 .292
Nate Schierholtz, RF4011000 .362
Randy Winn, LF4000011 .297
Pedro Feliz, 3B3010110 .254
Rich Aurilia, SS4000002 .252
Daniel Ortmeier, 1B3000021 .257
Guillermo Rodriguez, C3000001 .260
Kevin Frandsen, 2B3010000 .241
Barry Zito, P1000000 .094
   a- Scott McClain, PH1100001 .000
    Dan Giese, P0000000 .000
   b- Barry Bonds, PH1000010 .276
    Steve Kline, P0000000 .000
    Scott Munter, P0000000 .000
Totals3124115  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Zito in the 6th
b-struck out for Giese in the 8th
Batting
2B - Pedro Feliz (25, Wells)
3B - Nate Schierholtz (3, Wells)
RBI - Nate Schierholtz (4)
2-OUT RBI - Nate Schierholtz (3)
Team LOB - 3
San Francisco Giants
Barry Zito (L,9-12) 6433351 4.46
Dan Giese 2000010 0.00
Steve Kline0011100 4.78
Scott Munter 1322010 6.00
Pitches-Strikes - Barry Zito 98-59, Dan Giese 20-13, Steve Kline 6-2, Scott Munter 22-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Barry Zito 8-5, Dan Giese 3-2, Scott Munter 2-0
Batters Faced - Barry Zito 25, Dan Giese 6, Steve Kline 1, Scott Munter 6
Game Information
Attendance - 42228
Game Time - 2:31
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Tim Tschida, Third Base - Jim Joyce